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DeForest Buckner: 'We’ve Got to Keep the Pedal Down All Four Quarters'

The San Francisco 49ers evened their record at 1-1 on Sunday following a 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions. In the fourth quarter, Detroit completed two touchdown-scoring drives that shrunk San Francisco’s 17-point lead to three. The 49ers defense managed to force a turnover on downs in the final minute of the contest to secure the team's first win of the season.

Check out the top quotes from the 49ers locker room following their Week 2 win:

HC Kyle Shanahan on Jimmy Garoppolo on the receiving end of six sacks against Detroit:

“I thought he took too many. We’ve got to get open. We’ve got to beat man coverage, that’s for sure. I thought we could have done a better job today beating man coverage, but on a number of those I thought we had to get rid of it. I’ll see when I see the tape on all of them, but those ones in the red zone especially, you’d like to give a guy an opportunity and if he doesn’t beat man, we’ve got to get rid of the ball.”

Shanahan on Matt Breida’s career performance against the Lions:

“I saw him running very hard. I saw our O-Line blocking very hard. When they gave him space, he hit it with no hesitation. He did a good job when he did get into the secondary not sitting and breaking down and thinking about making too many moves. He just hit it hard as can be and probably got about 60-yards and Pierre did an awesome job on the backside. I always tell him he turns into a fullback at the end of the play, because he ends up being the lead blocker to get us in, which was real nice.”

QB Jimmy Garoppolo on the number of sacks taken on Sunday:

“There was a mix. I’ve got to get the ball out faster, though. Help those guys out, make it easy, get our offense in to more of a rhythm and just take what they’re giving me type of thing. I thought the offensive line played great today. Mike (Person) stepping up like he did. He didn’t practice all week and then he comes out and had a hell of a game for us. Those guys up front are battling and I’ve got to help them out.”

Garoppolo on what he’s seen from Dante Pettis through two weeks:

“Being a rookie, he doesn’t really act like one. He has a very calm demeanor on the sideline. He’s able to communicate what he saw and what you saw. You kind of move on to the next series when you have a guy like that. It makes my job a lot easier. Even on the first series, he ran a great route, kind of a double move and got wide open. It kind of sparked us. It’s nice to see him step up like that.”

CB Richard Sherman on Stafford avoiding throws in his direction:

“I didn’t realize it. I guess when the clock struck zero. I covered my man. I was there the majority of the time. (Matt) Stafford looked over there a few times and he pulled the ball back. I would have had two or three picks if he would have just let it go. (In the red zone play before the touchdown, I would have had a pick and the last play of the game, if he would have threw it, I read it, ran the route for him. I was waiting on him to throw it and he ran the other way.) You just work hard to study guys, you spend your time to recognize these routes and formations and you go out there and you play fast.”

LB Fred Warner on the defense’s performance in Week 2:

“We came out and we wanted to make sure we came out with a lot of energy from the get-go. I feel like we did that. Things got kind of sloppy in the second half giving up those points. A win’s a win, so happy to get that.”

WR Kendrick Bourne on his first career touchdown:

“I was really happy. I got my son out here today, two-years-old. It’s his first game, so my first touchdown at his first game made me really happy. I’m just excited that my family was able to be out here to see it, and to make my family proud and help my team win.”

RB Matt Breida on his 66-yard touchdown:

“It was just a great job by the O-Line. They were blocking well all game. They just opened up a huge hole on that play, and I found Pierre (Garçon) to the end zone. He became my fullback down the field essentially. Like I said, those guys blocked their butts off all game.”

DL DeForest Buckner on losing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter:

“We had a lot of energy at the beginning of the game and throughout the game, especially when we got that lead. I feel like the energy kind of fell off a little bit and we needed to build it back up that last defensive stand that we had. I feel like guys kind of woke up during that last drive on defense. We’ve got to keep the pedal down all four quarters.”

Buckner’s impression of San Francisco's pass rush against Detroit:

“I think we have some stuff we need to work on. I feel like some guys were winning their one-on-ones, (Detroit Lions QB Matthew) Stafford was just getting the ball out quick. Up front, we’ve got to do a little better job containing the quarterback and getting a hand in his face.”

FB Kyle Juszczyk on the next steps the offense needs to take going forward:

“There are a number of different things. I think we need to convert on third down more. That keeps us on the field longer and we can run more plays. When the game is in the offense’s hands there at the end of the game, we’ve got to finish them out. We get that one more first down, the game is over.”

DL Cassius Marsh the defense collectively getting things done while plugging in for key players:

“Elijah Lee is a great player and Fred Warner is a great player. They’re both young guys, but they have all the potential in the world. We have confidence when those guys go out there. We have confidence in everybody on our team. We have a great roster here and there’s nobody on this defense who when they’re out there I’m not confident that they’ll win.”

Marsh on defending a quarterback like Matt Stafford:

“He’s a veteran quarterback. He knows what he’s doing. He gets the ball out and doesn’t take sacks. It is what it is. We’re happy. We came out with the win, and that’s all that matters.”

DB D.J. Reed Jr. on his 90-yard kickoff return:

“I just want to shout out all of my teammates that were blocking for me. Everyone held their blocks. For me it was easy and anybody could have done what I did. My whole special teams unit did a good job blocking. Coach (Richard) Hightower did a good job setting it up and calling the play up. I just want to send a shout out to everybody.”

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